GRADONARCHITECTURE start work on agriculture-based vocational teaching facility for those affected by ASC and ASD
Work has started on a brand new specialist facility for individuals with Autism Spectrum Condition and Autism Spectrum Disorders in Durham, north east England. GRADONARCHITECTURE has been working closely with The North East Autism Society (NEAS) over the last six months to design the space which offers a range of vocational agriculture-related skills to those affected by ASC and ASD.
The facility on New Warlands Farm, Holmside will offer the chance for learning, training, welfare and refectory whilst the NEAS uses the additional 77 acres of the site to cultivate crops, create a herb garden and wild flower area, cultivate willow and start up small scale egg production and fruit farming.
Graham McDarby of GRADONARCHITECTURE explained: “Special consideration had to go into the designing of this facility as people with Autism have a degree of difficulty in making sense of the world they live in. We have worked closely with government guidelines, the NEAS, and then the local authority to ensure we adhered to the Derwentside Local Plan and secure planning on a sensitive rural site.”